Category Archive: News


Aug 20

Show your VMs that you care by protecting them with Bitdefender

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I’d like to welcome Bitdefender as a sponsor of vSphere-land and tell you a little about them. With the rise and growth of the internet the world has become a very dangerous place where hackers and bad guys are constantly on the look out for vulnerabilities to exploit so they can steal data and cause problems …

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Aug 09

Tips and tricks for surviving and enjoying VMworld 2014

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Another year, another VMworld, this will be the 11th anniversary of VMworld since the first one held in San Diego in 2004. The first VMworld only had 1,400 attendees, last year over 22,500 people attended VMworld. If you look at the graph below you can see every year is a record attendance for VMworld except for 2009 …

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Aug 05

An easy way to simulate a storage failure, just add thermite

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I ran into Howard Marks from Deep Storage in the blogger lounge at HP Discover and while I was chatting with him he mentioned an interesting upcoming project that he was involved in that involved storage and pyrotechnics. Naturally I was intrigued, wouldn’t you be. The premise for this was to simulate a storage node …

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Jul 26

Time to get your VeeamOn

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Veeam started as a small privately owned company that was founded in 2006  by Ratmir Timashev back when virtualization was still a relatively new technology. If you’re a sysadmin and have been working with virtualization for a while you probably used one of Veeam’s earliest and most well-known tools, FastSCP. FastSCP was a tool for copying …

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Jul 15

Infinio can solve your performance problems and help get you to VMworld

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Haven’t registered for VMworld yet? Want to go but can’t afford it? Well Infinio can help get you there. There are giving away a prize package which includes a VMworld full conference pass (a $1995 value). All you have to do is click the banner above and fill out a simple form for your chance …

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Jul 15

VMworld Schedule Builder is live, better hurry up and use it, also my picks

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If you’re already registered for VMworld you can now build your schedule and you better hurry up as sessions on popular topics are filling up fast. There was already a waiting list for the VVols Technical Overview session the same day the schedule builder opened (yesterday). It’s worth getting on the waiting list as hopefully …

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Jul 14

New VSAN technical paper and book!

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There has been a ton of content available on VSAN from sources like blogs, videos, KB articles, etc. but surprisingly there have been very few technical papers (none?) from VMware on VSAN unless you want to count the What’s New in VMware VSAN paper that VMware published back in February. Well VMware has just ended …

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Jul 14

Want to go to VMworld? Of course you do, SimpliVity can get you there!

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If you are involved with VMware technology then going to VMworld is like a kid going to Disneyland. I don’t know of anyone that wouldn’t want to go to VMworld, but unfortunately that requires money and many companies can’t afford to send people as the combination of the conference fee ($1995) and travel can almost …

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Jun 30

vSphere beta program now open to anyone, Hello again vVols

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VMware has historically been pretty controlling and secretive about their beta programs for vSphere and only allowing partners and select customers to participate in it. They’ve recently started to open up though with the VSAN beta that was publicly available 6 months before the product released. Now they have opened up even more with a …

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Jun 24

Who the top virtualization bloggers work for

When you are recognized as a top blogger you often get noticed by companies looking to hire the best people. Years ago there were many independent top bloggers but over the years many have been snatched up by companies eager to bring on good talent to their team. I was curious to see who the …

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Jun 23

Did you ever wonder how things work with storage in vSphere?

I’ve always been obsessed fascinated with how everything and anything works, I have a very curious mind and it’s never enough for me to simply accept that things work, I need to know how they work as well. I’m always doing deep dive into technologies to get a very thorough understanding exactly what is going …

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Jun 18

Don’t miss Web-scale Wednesday live on 6/25

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Nutanix is hosting an online event called Web-scale Wednesday on 6/25 with a great line-up of speakers. You can watch it live beginning at 9:00am PST or on-demand. Not sure what web-scale means or why it’s trending? Check out this Gartner press release which explains what it is and why it will be in 50 …

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May 12

Gaining confidence to be an effective public speaker

Mike Laverick sent me an email the other day to try and help him promote the VMUG Feed Forward program which is designed to help encourage new members in the community to step up and participate in VMUG events. I was a VMUG leader for several years and one of the challenges is to find …

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May 12

New webinar: Top 10 Tips for Surviving in a Virtualized World

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I’m doing a webinar for SolarWinds this week, the info on it is below and I hope to see you there… The role of the virtualization admin is changing. While their responsibilities to operate and manage the virtual environment continue to grow, they are also becoming the convergence point for other IT teams in the …

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May 12

Time to vote again…

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Not for top blog though, the VMworld 2014 session public voting has opened and I’d appreciate your consideration for my sessions. Last year I presented my “Top 10 Thing you MUST know about Storage for vSphere” session which was well attended. I’d thought I’d up the ante this year and submitted one called “50 Things …

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